Most children are suffering in somes ways due to Covid, whether it be lack of social interaction or struggles with online learning, but for students with disabilities the transition to distance learning is even harder. Most kids with ADHD succeed and learn the most when given structure, clear rules and explicit feedback, but this is often lacking in the distance learning environment. Students with autism and learning disabilities also benefit from consistency so as families begin to follow different rules depending on their individual beliefs and medical history, this may be confusing for children. On the positive side, some students that struggle with bullying and social pressure may be enjoying the isolated environment, but they will have to return to “normal” school at some point and may face many challenges.
For parents and children with disabilities, joining together with others can help with advocacy and group discussion. Families can share best practices in dealing with depression and adjustment to change. They can also find out what services schools should provide and how they can advocate for the consistency of these services. Below are some organizations that can provide valuable information and ways to connect with other families.